A Message to Our Clients, Families, Volunteers and Community Partners
Effective October 19, 2015, Adult Mental Health Services provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Leeds Grenville have transferred to a different community mental health provider, namely Lanark Leeds Grenville Addictions Mental Health. (LLGAMH). For information on the services provided by LLGAMH, please contact them directly or visit their website at http://lgmentalhealth.ca.
The Canadian Mental Health Association Leeds Grenville Branch provided services in the United Counties of Leeds, Grenville, as well as Lanark, for fifty six (56) years. The Branch was created with the assistance of staff from the Brockville Psychiatric Hospital, along with families of persons who were receiving services at the facility and dedicated members of the local community. In partnership with CMHA Ontario Division and CMHA National, the Branch played an active role in providing advocacy, public education and direct services to persons affected by mental health issues. The Branch was incorporated in 1988, and played a pivotal role in the creation of partner organizations including the Brockville Friendship Centre, Phased Housing and Family Focus. The Branch also served as the sponsoring organization during this period for the Consortium Project and McCall House.
Beginning in 1994, the Branch started to expand its direct services to encompass populations who had previously lacked adequate equitable access to care. Under the leadership of Executive Director Colin Slack, the Branch initiated Applied Suicide Intervention Training for students and teachers, Mental Health Court Diversion and Support Services for Adults and Youth, Family Mental Health Services and Transportation Services to name but a few. These services were new to the local community, and in some cases provided the template for expansion across the Regional catchment area. These services would be supplemented by Education functions, Anti-Stigma work, as well as a lead role during Mental Health Redesign as directed by the Health Services Restructuring Commission. The Branch was recognized across the Region for its inclusive and welcoming approach, as well as its willingness to take on initiatives without funding that traditional service providers would not.
The transfer of Adult Mental Health Services from CMHA Leeds Grenville is a result of a Notice of Funding Cessation from the Southeast Local Health Integration Network as part of an ongoing Addiction and Mental Health System Redesign. The decision is not intended to reflect poorly on the high quality and innovative services provided by CMHA Leeds Grenville, which are recognized across the Region. Should you have questions or concerns regarding the Regional Redesign, please do not hesitate to contact the Southeast LHIN or visit their website.
The CMHA Leeds Grenville Board of Directors extends its thanks to the community for 56 years of support. Please continue to help the country’s most vulnerable population….persons affected by Mental Illness.